Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest
Recognizing and Developing Unpublished Canadian Poets
The  Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest provides an opportunity to shine a spotlight on
unpublished Canadian poets.

Launched by Aspiring Canadian Writers Contests Inc. in April (National Poetry Month) 2012, this poetry contest invites the participation of Canadian poets who have not published any of their original creative writing (poems or prose).

We were thrilled to announce poet Stuart Ross as our contest judge & mentor in 2015!

With the goal of recognizing and developing unpublished Canadian poets, the prizes for the three winners (1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners) of the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest will include:

An interview with the first-prize winner will be published on Allyson Latta's website, "Memories into Story",, recommended by The Writer magazine in the 125th-anniversary issue as one of "16 of Our Favorite Writing Blogs and Websites" (March 2012). Allyson is also our contest's Editorial/Media Adviser. To read her interview with our 2013 first-prize winner, click here. For Contest Judge Shannon Bramer's thoughts on poetry and her comments on the first-place poem, click here.

See Prizes for more details. Visit Prizes & Winners for our announcement of our 2012, 2013 & 2014 contest winners.

In its inaugural year, 2012, the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest announced Vancouver's Poet Laureate, Evelyn Lau, as Honorary Patron and poet Catherine Graham as judge. Catherine is a much sought after creative writing instructor, who has published four books of poetry. See Contest Judge for her biography as well as the biographies for our 2013 judge, poet Shannon Bramer, our 2014 judge, poet Catherine Owen, and our 2015 judge, poet Stuart Ross.

In 2016, the Aspiring Canadian Poets Contest will accept entries during the same period, April 1, 2016 to June 1, 2016 with winners announced in October 2016. Click on How To Enter for contest rules and guidelines.

In 2014, we celebrated with a contest for unsigned Canadian singer-songwriters and announced our finalists and winners at In 2015, we also ran a contest for aspiring short film screenwriters .